Dr Amelia Johns



Research Fellow


Faculty of Arts and Education


Alfred Deakin Institute


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 2012


+61 3 925 17030


Amelia Johns is a Research Fellow at the Alfred Deakin Institute. Her work spans the fields of youth studies, digital media studies and cultural studies. Her research examines issues of: whiteness and youth identity; Muslim, migrant and diaspora youth negotiations of faith and citizenship; and young people’s negotiation of racism and citizenship in digitally networked publics. Her current research project examines Malaysian-Chinese youth digital practices, and the role 'the digital' plays in negotiations of political participation, citizenship and belonging. She is the author of 'Battle for the Flag' (2015), an empirical investigation of youth performances of racism, nationalism and whiteness in the Cronulla riots of 2005. She is also co-editor of recently published book 'Negotiating Digital Citizenship: Control, Contest, Culture' (with Anthony McCosker and Sonja Vivienne, 2016).

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Research interests

Youth digital cultures in the Australia and the Asia Pacific region

youth political participation and citizenship

multiculturalism and globalisation

racism, whiteness and anti-racism,


Cultural Studies Association of Australia (CSAA)

The Australian Sociological Association of Australia (TASA)

The Association of Internet Researchers (AOIR)

Knowledge areas

Youth digital cultures in the Australia and the Asia Pacific region; youth political participation and citizenship; multiculturalism and globalisation; racism, whiteness and anti-racism,

Professional activities

Assistant Editor of the Journal of Citizenship and Globalisation Studies


Australian Postgraduate Award (2006-2009)


Amelia is working on a project examining "Digital Citizenship and user-driven digital practices of Malaysian-Chinese youth"


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Religiosity, citizenship and belonging: the everyday experiences of young Australian Muslims

Dr Amelia Johns, Prof Fethi Mansouri, Dr Michele Lobo

(2015), Vol. 35, pp. 171-190, Journal of muslim minority affairs, London, Eng., C1


Battle for the flag

Dr Amelia Johns

(2015), Carlton, Vic., A1


Contested Publics: Racist rants, bystander action and social media acts of citizenship

Anthony McCosker, Dr Amelia Johns

(2014), pp. 66-72, Media International Australia, North Ryde, NSW, C1


More than a game : the impact of sport-based youth mentoring schemes on developing resilience toward violent extremism

Dr Amelia Johns, Michelle Grossman, Kevin McDonald

(2014), Vol. 2, pp. 57-70, Social inclusion, Lisbon, Portugal, C1


Racist provocation and acts of social media citizenship

Dr Amelia Johns

(2014), pp. 1-1, ANZCA 2014 Melbourne Conference : Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association 2014 Conference, Melbourne, Vic., E1


Social media conflict: platforms for racial vilification, or acts of provocation and citizenship?

Dr Amelia Johns, Anthony McCosker

(2014), Vol. 47, pp. 44-54, Communication, politics and culture, Melbourne, Vic., C1


Bloods, crips and southern cross soldiers: gang identities in Australia

Dr Amelia Johns

(2014), pp. 299-316, A critical youth studies for the 21st century, Leiden, The Netherlands, B1-1


"It's about freedom": contesting dominant representations of devout Muslim women in the space of the nation

Dr Amelia Johns, Dr Michele Lobo

(2013), pp. 1-17, TASA 2013 : Reflections, Intersections and Aspirations, 50 years of Australian Sociology : Proceedings of TASA conference 2013, Melbourne, Vic., E1


Productive provocations: vitriolic media, spaces of protest and agonistic outrage in the 2011 England riots

Anthony McCosker, Dr Amelia Johns

(2013), pp. 171-193, Fibreculture journal, Sydney, N. S. W., C1


White tribe: echoes of the Anzac myth in Cronulla

Dr Amelia Johns

(2008), Vol. 22, pp. 3-16, Continuum: journal of media and cultural studies, Abingdon, England, C1-1